WAY BACK IN 2007 I WROTE ABOUT ROASTING PUMPKINS WHOLE IN THE OVEN Talk about easy – just throw the pumpkin in the oven, whole, and once it's done roasting, it slices open like butter, no more finagling with a knife, no more worry about losing a finger. But then, what to make with the pumpkin flesh? (While we're deciding, scoop out the pumpkin seeds to make Spicy Sweet Pumpkin Seeds. They'll help!)
For awhile now, I've read/heard that "canned pumpkin is just as good as fresh". So I decided to figure it out for myself and last year roasted my first pumpkin. What???? You didn't know that??? Well, that's because the roasting process went fine but the pumpkin flesh itself was so blah. And yes, I roasted a sugar pie pumpkin (and not a pumpkin for jack o'lanterns) which by all rights should be good.
This year, the roasting process again went fine. I didn't do side-by-side comparisons, but the flesh of this year's roasted pumpkin made one delicious pumpkin pie and pretty light-orange pancakes until the last bit turned into a pumpkin smoothie. Unfortunately I didn't save enough for Pumpkin Bread Pudding which my friend Ann served at our book club last week and ... yumm.